THIS DATE IN HISTORY: June 5
1963: The NHL holds its first amateur draft at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. The six teams select 21 players. The Montreal Canadiens have the first pick and select forward Garry Monahan. The Detroit Red Wings, picking second, take forward Peter Mahovlich, one of two players among the 21 to be selected to an All-Star Game during their careers. The other, defenseman Jim McKenny, goes to the Toronto Maple Leafs with the No. 17 pick.
1993: John LeClair scores 34 seconds into overtime to give Montreal a 4-3 win against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of the Final at Great Western Forum. It’s the NHL-record ninth consecutive playoff overtime victory for the Canadiens. LeClair’s goal spoils a comeback by the Kings, who rallied from down 3-0 in the second period with goals by Luc Robitaille, Tony Granato and Wayne Gretzky.
1997: The Detroit Red Wings score six unanswered goals and roll to a 6-1 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3 of the Final at Joe Louis Arena. LeClair puts the Flyers ahead 1-0 at 7:03 of the first period, but Detroit captain Steve Yzerman ties the game two minutes later. Sergei Fedorov puts the Red Wings ahead 2-1 at 11:05 and fuels the offense with two goals and two assists. The victory gives the Red Wings a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.
2003: The New Jersey Devils tie a Stanley Cup Playoff single-season record set by the 1988 Oilers with their 11th home win, a 6-3 victory against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in Game 5 of the Final at Continental Airlines Arena. After the teams combine for six goals before the game is 27 minutes old, Jay Pandolfo scores at 9:02 into the second period to give New Jersey a 4-3 lead. Jamie Langenbrunner scores twice in the third to give the Devils a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.
2004: Martin St. Louis scores 33 seconds into the second overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory against the Calgary Flames in Game 6 of the Final at Pengrowth Saddledome. Brad Richards scores two power-play goals in the second period for the Lightning, then has the primary assist on the goal by St. Louis that ties the series at 3-3.
2006: The Carolina Hurricanes make their debut in the Stanley Cup Final one to remember by rallying for a record-tying victory.
The Hurricanes rally from down three goals for a 5-4 victory against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 1 at RBC Center. Fernando Pisani, Chris Pronger (on the first successful penalty shot ever in the Final) and Ethan Moreau score to give the Oilers a 3-0 lead with less than three minutes remaining in the second period. But Rod Brind’Amour’s goal before the period ends gives the Hurricanes a spark, and they take a 4-3 lead when Ray Whitney scores twice and Justin Williams once in the first 10:02 of the third.
Alex Hemsky’s goal at 13:31 ties the game 4-4. But less than 30 seconds later, the Oilers lose starting goaltender Dwayne Roloson, who has played every minute for them so far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, after a collision leaves him with an injured right knee that knocks him out of the series. The injury also sets the stage for Brind’Amour’s game-winner with 32 seconds left in the third period: Backup goaltender Ty Conklin misplays the puck behind his net, then throws a backhand pass that deflects off defenseman Jason Smith’s stick and comes to Brind’Amour, who stuffs it into the empty net for the win.
“I think there was a little mix-up about who was going to get it, and obviously the goalie is behind the net,” Brind’Amour said. “It was just a matter of flipping it into the net.”
The Hurricanes become the sixth team in the history of the Final to win a game after trailing by three goals.